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6-Month CD Rates Roundup: Top National Deal Pays 1.90%, Local Pays 1.49%

One bank is leading the charge on 6-month CDs. Crestmark Bank is offering 1.90% APY with a $25,000 minimum.

The next best offer you’ll find comes from Ally Bank, which is offering 1.75% APY with a $25,000 minimum.

After that, Limelight Bank and Banesco are offering 1.71% APY and 1.70% APY, respectively.

As always, shopping locally may earn you more from a credit union or community bank. We’ll talk about where to find them.

The top national yields

The top 6-month CD rates have inched up around a full percentage point since this time last year, when the most you could have earned was around 1.05% APY.

Now you’ll find nine banks are offering rates of 1.56% APY or above.

Still, we’d love to see these short-term rates move up even more.

Top National 6-month CDs

Bank Yield Minimum Deposit
Crestmark  1.90% $25,000
Ally Bank 1.75% $25,000
Limelight Bank 1.71% $1,000
Banesco USA 1.70% $1,500
Live Oak Bank 1.65% $2,500
First Internet Bank of Indiana 1.63% $1,000
TAB Bank 1.61% $500
My eBanc 1.60% $5,000
Virtual Bank 1.56% $10,000

Before locking into any certificate of deposit, it’s always prudent to search Bankrate’s extensive database of the best CD rates to make sure you’re getting your absolute best deal of the day.

Earn more with local deals

As our readers know, the very best rates in the country are usually from a community bank or a credit union requiring CD buyers to jump through a hoop or two.

For a 6-month term, we’re currently aware of at least one offer that bests the national leader, although restrictions on who may open them are somewhat limiting.

Top Local 6-Month CD Rates

Bank State APY Min Deposit
Peoples Transport Federal Credit Union New Jersey 1.49% $500

Waiting on the Fed

All of these deals are far better than what you’ll find at most banks, where the national 6-month average remains a pitiful 0.26% APY.

That’s a trivial gain from the record-low 0.14% APY we saw in June 2014.

Rewind to February 2007 and the national average return was 3.50% APY – a reasonable rate of return by most historical standards.

The huge disparity between then and now comes from the Fed’s decision to stem the economy’s bleeding by pushing short-term interest rates to record lows during the 2008 financial crisis – and tethering them there.

That chilly seven-year period finally concluded when the Fed’s rate-setting committee launched what was then forecasted to be a series of small, gradual hikes over the next several years.

So when can we expect another boost?

We may see one at the Fed’s next meeting.

Until then, the most we can do is shop wisely and hope to see higher rates soon.

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